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Sweet Potato Quinoa Falafel

19 May, 2017

You all remember my trip to Gotham Greens, right? Well, that was over a week ago, and my greens are still usable! If I got mixed greens from the grocery store, they would have gone bad in three days.  Typically, when you get greens at the grocery store, they’ve been traveling from California or Florida, and only have a short shelf life.  Since these are grown locally in the Gotham Greens greenhouse, it goes straight from the greenhouse to your grocer, and lasts so much longer.  I’m never going back.

I have been wanting to experiment more with vegetarian cooking for a while now, and sweet potato falafel sounded so good to me.  I wanted to keep this paleo, and so I couldn’t use chickpeas since they’re legumes, so they’re not technically authentic falafel.  But guess what? You won’t even miss them.  These were so tasty and a perfect topper to my Gotham Greens summer mix and arugula.


 

Sweet Potato Falafel with Cilantro Ranch

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 0:20
Serves 4 servings

Ingredients

1 raw sweet potato, peeled and cut up into small pieces
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 egg
1/2 cup nuts
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
A handful cilantro, chopped
Oil for frying

To make the Cilantro Ranch: 

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not BUTTERMILK)

1 c. mayonnaise.

1 c. buttermilk.

2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced.

1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro.

1 clove garlic.

juice of 1 lime.

1 jalapeno (optional)

Directions

To make the Falafel:

Heat oil to 365 degrees.

Put your first 7 ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine.  Using a cookie scoop. scoop out mixture to form rounds.

Before frying my first batch of falafel, I like to fry a test one in the center of the pan. If the oil is at the right temperature, it will take 2-3 minutes per side to brown (5-6 minutes total). If it browns faster than that, your oil is too hot and your falafels will not be fully cooked in the center. Cool the oil down slightly and try again. 

Once your oil is at the right temperature, fry the falafels in batches of 5-6 at a time till golden brown on both sides. 
To make the cilantro ranch: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  That's it!

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